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Rocket Lab successfully launches 10 Earth observation satellites in 15th commercial mission

New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab has put its 15th commercial payload into space, delivering 10 Earth observation satellites each to their own orbit. The company is getting back into its stride after an upset in July dampened plans to set a record for launch turnaround time. Aboard the latest […]

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Autonomous driving startup turns its AI expertise to space for automated satellite operation

Hungarian autonomous driving startup AImotive is leveraging its technology to address a different industry and growing need: autonomous satellite operation. AImotive is teaming up with C3S, a supplier of satellite and space-based technologies, to develop a hardware platform for performing AI operations onboard satellites. AImotive’s aiWare neural network accelerator will […]

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The UK government to acquire satellite company OneWeb in deal funded in part by India’s Bharti Global

Distressed satellite constellation operator OneWeb, which had entered bankruptcy protection proceedings at the end of March, has completed a sale process, with a consortium led by the UK Government as the winner. The group, which includes funding from India’s Bharti Global – part of business magnate Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises […]

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SpaceX will have to demonstrate Starlink internet’s low latency within the next month to qualify for up to $16B in federal funding

SpaceX is in the process of building out its Starlink network of low-Earth orbit small satellites that will provide the backbone of a global, high-bandwidth, low-latency internet service — but there’s a clock running out in terms of at least one potential source of funding for it to recoup revenue […]

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FCC updates orbital debris rules for the first time since 2004

The FCC has finally gotten around to updating its 15-year-old orbital debris rules, adding new requirements and streamlining the approval process. With hundreds of satellites going up every year into increasingly crowded orbits, these rules are more important than ever. In stating the necessity for mitigating the accumulation of orbital […]

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Rocket Lab inks deal to carry Japanese startup Synspective’s first satellite into orbit

The well-funded Japanese space startup Synspective has tapped launch provider Rocket Lab to take its first Earth observation satellite to orbit. Launch is planned for late 2020, and the company’s StriX–α craft will be the sole payload. Synspective was founded in 2018 and by mid-2019 had raised about $100 million, […]

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Bessemer’s Tess Hatch on the evolving aerospace market and COVID-19 adjustments

The aerospace market is evolving quickly and merging with other segments of tech, making it an exciting space for both startups and investors — but the complications of the global pandemic are being felt by both. Bessemer Venture Partners investor Tess Hatch has been helping guide companies in their portfolio […]

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OneWeb to file for bankruptcy as effort to secure funding, including from investor SoftBank, falls through

Broadband constellation satellite operator OneWeb will file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., likely some time Friday, after attempts to secure new funding, including from existing investor SoftBank, fell through, TechCrunch has learned. The Financial Times also reported on the failure of its funding attempt on Friday, based on its […]